Intellectual Output 3

Management guidelines for the 3D printing laboratories


The third IO systematizes and valorises all the previous results, bringing them to a more advanced level by introducing in prisons not only training experimentations but also implementing productions for the actual market. It supports the activation of internal productive centres managed by the prisoners themselves, with a synergic relationship with external businesses or no profit institutions active on the territory (and always favouring the associated partners and organizations)


With the third IO it will be possible to achieve:

  • The activation of productive units inside prisons involved by partners in their territory (at least 3)
  • The activation of 3D printing centres, even experimental, in the context of economic initiatives outside prison, with the involvement of ex-prisoners trained in their facility or by the local partner
  • Launching of new economic initiatives with synergy between the prison environment and the external world, with the experimentation of innovative modalities of long-distance work that might involve, for some functions, sectors or single trained prisoners.
  • Based on the involvement and the investment from the associated penitentiary directorates, new original forms of valorisation of the technological competencies acquired by the prisoners, with possible new works and productions to the benefit of the institutions themselves (es. Production of gadgets, objects for internal use in prison etc) without the launch of an external business.
  • Modelling of the business system, associated to prisoners, that can be brought up as an example to initiate similar economic projects with 3D printing in other European facilities.


The innovation for IO3 is absolute: In Europe there is as yet no structured system of inclusion of services of 3D printing/production of 3D objects that complements other forms of production of goods and services, even ICT, with the employment of prison workforce. The project could be a turning point for the acceptance of the inclusion of such advanced technologies in prison, not only as a training activity (which could be already an important goal) but as a full involvement of new skills recognised to the inmates.